THE PARISH OF SAINT PANCRAS
Saint Pancras was a parish before the Conquest. Said to occupy the site of a Roman Camp, the Old Church erected c.1180, was enlarged and almost rebuilt in 1848 and again restored in 1888. The burial ground has been a place of Christian burial for over 700 years being at times favoured by Roman Catholics and in particular French exiles - a factor said to be attributable to its dedication to the Roman martyr Pancratius.
In 1822 a new parish church was completed in Euston Road reducing the Old Church to the status of Parish Chapel. In 1863 the latter regained its status as the principal church of a new parish. The two parishes are referred to separately as St. Pancras, Pancras Road (i.e. the Old Church) and St. Pancras, Euston Road (i.e. the new church completed in 1822). The records of the Old Church were transferred to the new church in 1822. Thus all records from 1660 to 1822 and listed as P90/PAN1/- relate to St. Pancras Old Church.
Until 1822 the parish church was the Old Church in Pancras Road; at that date the new parish church in Euston Road was completed, and the Old Church became the Parish Chapel. This later became the parish church of a new parish.